Little Spanky is now a totally different looking dog. We decided to take and get him groomed because he had gotten so many mats in his hair from biting his itches. The lady that did his grooming said he was a sweetheart and was so easy to work with. When we went to pick him up, I didn’t even recognize the little guy, but he seems to be very much enjoying it and being able to see without his hair in front of his eyes. Such a difference from that little ball of curly fur that he once was! I’m not sure if we are going to just keep him trimmed short from now on, or try to keep it up with regular brushing and baths.
Memorial Day is a special holiday that is often times over looked as just the monday off that creates another three day weekend. Yesterday we picked up a new flag and bracket to fly it from our house. Today we are very proud to be flying that flag, and will remember those that are responsible for giving us the freedoms we have today by making the ultimate sacrifice in defending and protecting our nation.
We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here ‘neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you’ve given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.
— C W Johnson
I’ve always heard my parents talk about something called Blackberry Winter, but just assumed that maybe it was just a real southern term to describe something that technically doesn’t exist. But apparently it’s a real thing.
Oldtimers also knew that blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) need a cold snap to set buds on the blackberry canes, so as sure as night follows day, there will be a cold snap when the blackberries bloom, called Blackberry Winter. Source
I was surprised to find out that it’s an actual term and was even used on the news to describe the recent cold spell that we’ve had, which I dislike very much by the way.
My Grandma’s car recently had a severe overheating problem that put it in the shop for the past few weeks. It’s back on the road now, but her concern now is that she’ll never really trust it again for any trip that is a decent distance away from home. Repairing it wasn’t the suggestion that I would have given, but I was never really asked and didn’t find out that it was getting repaired until after the fact. So right now she is considering buying a new car, which couldn’t come at a better time in the market. Lots of deals to be had and a lot of inventory out there.
She told me that her sister took her to look at the Toyota’s to see if she could find one she liked. I immediately sort of cringed because I’m not impressed at all with the foreign automakers. I’ve ridden/drove in Toyota’s, Kia’s, Honda’s, etc. and have yet to see or feel what all the critics rave about. Perhaps I’m just biased? I would love to see her consider the new Chevrolet Malibu. The car looks great, nice gas mileage, and if I’m not mistaken is the top car in it’s class. The American automakers have really stepped up their game.
I think it’s a pretty good sign that you need a new matress or a different sleeping arrangement/position when you get better rest and sleep better altogether on a hotel bed. We usually stay at Choice Hotels when we’re out of town because they usually have really nice rooms and have a hot breakfast in the mornings, and their beds feel so nice to sleep on. My only gripe really is the pillows, and I think it’s just because I am so used to mine at home. I’ve always slept on my stomach with my arms stretched out of the headboard, and for the last few months I’ve had trouble falling asleep because my arms seem to go asleep before I can get knocked out. That ends up keeping me awake because it drives me crazy for something to go to sleep on me – I hate that tingling feeling. Perhaps as much as I hate to sleep on my back, I should give that a try, or maybe try to be more physically active to help me go to sleep easier.
Even with already having a DSLR camera, I’ve been wanting a high megapixel compact camera that would easily fit in my pocket that I could take on bike rides. My D200 would be awesome to have with me all the time, but there are times when I’d rather be a bit more discrete and others when I don’t exactly have the room for it. So I picked up a factory refurbished Nikon Coolpix S550 off of eBay last week. I went with another Nikon because I’ve very much enjoyed the one that I have now so far and really like the quality of their products. It’s about the same size as my enV2 phone and is going to be great for snapping some shots while out on some bike rides this summer. I’m not by any means going to make it my priority camera, as that would be kind of silly, but it’ll be nice to be able to capture some of the things that I would like to shoot when I don’t have the D200 with me.
My new 2GB worth of RAM came from Crucial today and I didn’t waste any time installing it. I think it actually took more time to plug everything back into the back of the computer than it did to install the RAM.
First look at a new 2010 Camaro at the local Chevy dealership in Dalton.
A few photos from this set
With all the rain we’ve been having, and a few days of sun tossed into the mix, the potatoes have sprouted up out of the ground a good bit. One was just barely able to be seen at all, while the others ranged in height up to about 5 or 6 inches. We added another level to the bin and covered up the stems on the taller ones.
As pictured below, we went ahead and made another box up just incase this experiment works out, there’ll be a pretty good amount of potatoes when it comes time to harvest.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. —